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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 833–846 | Cite as

Sex/Gender/Sexual Science Research 24/7

  • Kenneth J. Zucker
Editorial
Since my last Editorial (Zucker, 2016), it feels that the Journal has ramped up in terms of “busyness.” When I became Editor in 2002, we had 80 new submissions. There has been, more or less, a linear increase since then, hitting a milestone of sorts in 2017, when we surpassed 500 new submissions for the first time (Fig. 1). I don’t think that this temporal pattern is unique to Archives: Its fraternal opposite-sex twin, Journal of Sex Research, had 477 new submissions in 2017 (C. A. Graham, personal communication, January 1, 2018). Along with dozens of resubmissions, Letters to the Editor, and commentaries on the new Target Article series, the pace has a relentless, yet rewarding, feel to it. One reason for the incremental increase in submissions is that sex/gender/sexual science research has truly gone global (cf. Zucker, 2002). We now routinely receive submissions from all corners of the planet. Maybe one of these days we will get a submission from the International Space Station.
Fig. 1

Number of submissions (2012–2017)

Associate Editors

Back in 2010, when the number of submissions was clearly on the rise (N = 295), it became apparent to me that the Journal needed to add Associate Editors, which took place in 2011. The Journal’s boss, Carol Bischoff, at Springer Nature has been very generous in this regard and, at present, we have 15 Associate Editors (Sophie Bergeron, Lori Brotto, Meredith Chivers, Brian Dodge, Shari Dworkin, Lisa Dawn Hamilton, Roland Imhoff, Tuuli Kukkonen, Brian Mustanski, Kevin Nunes, Jeffrey Parsons, Natalie Rosen, Alexander Schmidt, Lori Scott-Sheldon, and Paul Vasey). These scholars all have their own speciality areas and handle submissions that match their areas of expertise. I handle about 50% of the new submissions myself. We also have, by and large, a wonderful Editorial Board currently totaling 139, not to mention the dozens of ad hoc reviewers who are also asked to review manuscripts by me and the Associate Editors. It is this collaborative, collective, communal process that keeps the sexual science engine running.

New Editorial Board Members (2018)

These are: Steven Arnocky, Ally L. Dir, Breanne Fahs, Brian A. Feinstein, Kyle Gobrogge, Lisette Kuyper, Kristen Mark, Bill McCarthy, Andreas Mokros, Sarah A. Vannier, and Julia Velten.

New Look (2018)

Earlier this year, Springer Nature has given the Journal, like all of its other periodicals, a new font face. In addition, the Abstract spans the entire width of the page instead of being in double columns. I like the changes.

Manuscript Disposition (2015–2016)

Table 1 shows Editorial decision data for initial submissions for 2015 and 2016 as a function of who handled them (2017 data are not yet available) (see also Fig. 2). Table 1 does not include 23 manuscripts handled by Vasey for a Special Section (Vasey, 2017), which were by invitation. From Table 1, it can be seen that the percentage of “rejected” manuscripts was 57.8% in 2015 and 53.6% in 2016. It can also be seen that there was variability in the percentage of declined submissions across the “handler.” Of course, this could reflect variation in the standards of the Editor/Associate Editors and the reviewers assigned to the manuscripts; however, it is my view that most of the variance is accounted for by the quality of submissions, which varies across specialty areas. For contributing authors, it is important to note that when manuscripts are given the designation of a Major Revision, the vast majority (of those that are resubmitted) are accepted for publication (it is quite uncommon for a Major Revision to be declined after resubmission—to quote a colleague “It happens,” but not very often). This means that the initial decision indicates that the author has a “foot in the door” and that if she, he, or they can successfully respond to the first round of reviews it means that the manuscript is very likely to be accepted for publication.
Table 1

Editorial decisions for initial submissions (2015 and 2016)

Editor/Associate Editors

Accept/Provisional Accept

Major Revision

Reject

Bergeron

0

0

7

6

10 (58.8%)

12 (66.6%)

Bradford

2

2

19 (85.1%)

Brotto

0

1

6

5

7 (53.8%)

10 (62.5%)

Chivers

0

0

7

4

4 (36.3%)

1 (20.0%)

Dodge

1

0

13

7

3 (17.6%)

6 (46.1%)

Dworkin

6

7

15

9

29 (58.0%)

31 (65.9%)

Lalumiére

3

3

2

6

16 (76.1%)

8 (47.0%)

Mustanski

0

0

8

9

10 (55.5%)

6 (40.0%)

Owen/Hamilton

0

1

1

2

11 (91.6%)

6 (66.6%)

Parsons

2

4

8

7

7 (41.1%)

8 (42.1%)

Rosen

0

1

1

3

0 (0.0%)

16 (80.0%)

Scott-Sheldon

2

0

9

10

20 (64.5%)

14 (58.3%)

Zucker

19

20

82

83

133 (56.8%)

100 (49.2%)

Total

35

37

161

151

269 (57.8%)

218 (53.6%)

Data for 2015 are on the first row, and data for 2016 are on the second row. Associate Editor Hamilton began in 2017, but handled one submission from 2016, so is combined with Owen. Associate Editor Rosen began in 2016, but handled one submission from 2015

Fig. 2

Manuscript disposition after initial submission (2002–2016)

Target Articles

Under Paul Vasey’s leadership, we inaugurated the by invitation Target Article series (Vasey & Zucker, 2016). To date, we have published 7 such articles (Blanchard, 2018; Breedlove, 2017; Brotto & Yule, 2017; Chivers, 2017; Frank, 2018; Seto, 2017; Walton, Cantor, Bhullar, & Lykins, 2017). Each Target Article is accompanied by penetrating commentaries, which are also reviewed by Vasey, with a response by the author(s). More are in the sexual science pipeline. I expect these Target Articles will make a contribution to the Journal’s impact factor—we will find out in 2019. Stay tuned. Researchers interested in proposing a Target Article should contact Dr. Vasey at paul.vasey@uleth.ca

Impact Factor (2015 and 2016)

Tables 2, 3, 4, and 5 show the impact factor (IF) data for the years 2015 and 2016 for 86 sex/gender journals in the Annual Web of Science/Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics).1 Tables 2 and 4 rank the journals as a function of their 2-year IF, and Tables 3 and 5 rank the journals as a function of their 5-year IF.
Table 2

Impact Factor for the year 2015: Sex- and gender-related journals (N = 86) ranked by 2-year impact factor

Journal

2-year Impact Factor

5-year Impact Factor

2015 Total Cites

2015 articles

Immediacy Index

Cited Half-Life

Archives of Sexual Behavior

2.704

3.440

5016

180

0.600

6.5

Psychoneuroendocrinology

4.704

5.183

13,117

269

1.093

6.4

Human Reproduction

4.621

4.635

27,878

307

1.199

9.4

Fertility and Sterility

4.426

4.333

31,421

418

0.916

7.3

AIDS

4.407

4.784

20,134

272

1.026

7.3

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

3.806

3.953

13,282

341

1.076

6.2

Hormones and Behavior

3.340

3.923

9163

150

0.847

7.8

Biology of Sex Differences

3.237

 

344

34

0.235

3.3

Evolution and Human Behavior

3.223

3.687

3285

64

0.781

8.0

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

3.214

3.224

1234

20

0.300

7.6

Menopause

3.172

3.019

4632

161

1.174

5.3

AIDS and Behavior

3.063

3.467

6847

251

0.566

4.5

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

3.035

3.410

3035

81

0.691

6.1

Sexually Transmitted Infections

3.015

2.915

4598

102

1.255

6.6

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

2.968

3.014

5526

123

0.561

7.3

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

2.947

3.116

1259

43

1.023

6.2

Journal of Sex Research

2.862

3.274

3055

86

0.384

> 10.0

Journal of Sexual Medicine

2.844

2.884

7994

262

0.698

5.1

Asian Journal of Andrology

2.664

2.579

2619

130

1.046

4.5

Andrology US

2.515

 

676

133

0.564

2.0

Gender and Society

2.400

3.265

2979

36

0.583

> 10.0

Psychology of Women Quarterly

2.397

2.278

2706

36

0.500

> 10.0

LGBT Health

2.261

 

112

48

0.167

1.5

Sexual Development

2.164

1.928

585

31

0.548

5.0

Body Image

2.104

2.804

2124

71

1.225

5.8

Journal of Women’s Health

2.032

2.270

3920

121

0.397

5.9

International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

2.030

2.000

295

19

0.579

4.3

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

1.981

2.938

1023

35

0.200

9.4

AIDS Care

1.902

2.147

5490

222

0.441

6.4

Women’s Health Issues

1.811

2.307

1490

91

0.308

5.4

American Journal of Men’s Health

1.713

1.551

511

50

0.380

3.6

Hormone Research in Pediatrics

1.661

1.778

1147

109

0.284

3.8

Culture, Health, and Sexuality

1.588

1.754

1494

91

0.385

5.4

Sex Roles

1.582

1.801

5566

76

0.553

> 10.0

AIDS Education and Prevention

1.524

2.163

1735

40

0.225

9.2

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

1.514

1.867

1764

53

0.302

> 10.0

Sexuality Research and Social Policy

1.452

1.575

437

33

0.273

5.4

International Journal of Impotence Research

1.396

1.484

1932

45

0.133

> 10.0

BMC Women’s Health

1.353

1.636

817

119

0.168

4.3

Signs

1.347

1.302

1805

39

0.359

> 10.0

Women & Health

1.337

1.562

1252

56

0.107

9.8

Gender, Work, and Organization

1.325

2.021

1089

37

0.189

8.2

International Journal of STD and AIDS

1.300

1.211

2688

164

0.360

6.8

Feminism and Psychology

1.290

1.308

665

46

0.457

8.5

Feminist Theory

1.268

1.194

419

16

0.250

7.9

Men and Masculinities

1.250

1.885

681

26

0.385

> 10.0

Sexual Health

1.225

1.493

961

72

0.431

4.3

Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

1.211

1.424

206

44

0.159

3.5

Sexual Medicine

1.188

 

47

30

0.200

 

Gender, Place, and Culture

1.180

1.656

1026

76

0.211

> 10.0

Body & Society

1.171

2.373

733

19

0.263

9.4

European Journal of Women’s Studies

1.160

1.209

418

30

0.167

8.6

Feminist Review

1.156

1.032

513

14

0.429

> 10.0

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

1.109

1.109

521

33

0.219

8.0

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

1.065

1.962

1055

20

0.050

9.8

Evolutionary Psychology

1.050

1.383

609

51

0.118

5.6

Feminist Criminology

1.032

1.519

220

16

 

6.4

Politics and Gender

1.024

1.652

367

27

0.111

7.0

Violence Against Women

1.020

1.858

2333

72

0.250

8.8

Gender and Education

0.905

1.151

846

50

 

> 10.0

Journal of Homosexuality

0.862

1.518

1898

89

0.143

9.9

Sexuality and Disability

0.771

1.069

488

38

0.053

8.9

Feminist Legal Studies

0.731

1.143

201

12

2.167

6.1

International Journal of Sexual Health

0.729

1.033

200

37

0.081

4.9

Journal of Sexual Aggression

0.723

0.992

267

25

0.080

6.5

African Journal of AIDS Research

0.716

0.866

333

38

0.026

6.1

Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

0.690

0.521

82

20

0.300

 

Sexualities

0.673

1.018

711

51

0.078

8.1

Journal of Men’s Health

0.652

0.753

194

  

4.7

Journal of Gender Studies

0.604

0.904

298

39

0.154

7.3

Women’s Studies International Forum

0.591

0.751

882

83

0.084

> 10.0

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

0.536

1.090

581

51

0.167

6.8

Feminist Studies

0.520

0.546

600

26

0.038

> 10.0

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

0.519

0.804

746

51

0.255

> 10.0

Sex Education

0.505

 

301

47

0.191

6.3

Australian Feminist Studies

0.500

0.507

150

12

 

6.2

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

0.488

 

90

16

0.062

 

GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies

0.333

0.956

397

23

0.048

> 10.0

differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

0.310

0.606

262

23

0.261

> 10.0

Gender and Language

0.267

0.521

64

16

0.188

 

Indian Journal of Gender Studies

0.231

0.301

88

21

  

Women and Therapy

0.229

0.221

207

23

 

> 10.0

Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies

0.214

0.224

147

30

0.067

> 10.0

Asian Journal of Women’s Studies

0.214

0.216

41

29

0.040

 

Journal of the History of Sexuality

0.121

0.293

203

16

0.062

> 10.0

Feministische Studien

0.077

0.063

25

14

  

Total cites indicates the total number of times that each journal has been cited by all journals included in the ISI database in 2015. Immediacy index means cites in 2015 to articles published in 2015/number of articles published in 2015. Cited half-life is the median age of its articles cited in the current year. Half of the citations to the journal are to articles published within the cited half-life. Of 3211 Social Science journals, Behavioral and Brain Sciences had the highest 2-year impact factor (20.415). Of 3233 Life Sciences journals, Cancer Journal for Clinicians had the highest 2-year impact factor (137.57)

Table 3

Impact Factor for the year 2015: Sex- and gender-related journals (N = 86) ranked by 5-year impact factor

Journal

2-year Impact Factor

5-year Impact Factor

2015 Total Cites

2015 articles

Immediacy Index

Cited Half-Life

Archives of Sexual Behavior

2.704

3.440

5016

180

0.600

6.5

Psychoneuroendocrinology

4.704

5.183

13,117

269

1.093

6.4

AIDS

4.407

4.784

20,134

272

1.026

7.3

Human Reproduction

4.621

4.635

27,878

307

1.199

9.4

Fertility and Sterility

4.426

4.333

31,421

418

0.916

7.3

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

3.806

3.953

13,282

341

1.076

6.2

Hormones and Behavior

3.340

3.923

9163

150

0.847

7.8

Evolution and Human Behavior

3.223

3.687

3285

64

0.781

8.0

AIDS and Behavior

3.063

3.467

6847

251

0.566

4.5

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

3.035

3.410

3035

81

0.691

6.1

Journal of Sex Research

2.862

3.274

3055

86

0.384

> 10.0

Gender and Society

2.400

3.265

2979

36

0.583

> 10.0

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

3.214

3.224

1234

20

0.300

7.6

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

2.947

3.116

1259

43

1.023

6.2

Menopause

3.172

3.019

4632

161

1.174

5.3

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

1.981

2.938

1023

35

0.200

9.4

Sexually Transmitted Infections

3.015

2.915

4598

102

1.255

6.6

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

2.968

3.014

5526

123

0.561

7.3

Journal of Sexual Medicine

2.844

2.884

7994

262

0.698

5.1

Body Image

2.104

2.804

2124

71

1.225

5.8

Asian Journal of Andrology

2.664

2.579

2619

130

1.046

4.5

Body & Society

1.171

2.373

733

19

0.263

9.4

Women’s Health Issues

1.811

2.307

1490

91

0.308

5.4

Psychology of Women Quarterly

2.397

2.278

2706

36

0.500

> 10.0

Journal of Women’s Health

2.032

2.270

3920

121

0.397

5.9

AIDS Education and Prevention

1.524

2.163

1735

40

0.225

9.2

AIDS Care

1.902

2.147

5490

222

0.441

6.4

Gender, Work, and Organization

1.325

2.021

1089

37

0.189

8.2

International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

2.030

2.000

295

19

0.579

4.3

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

1.065

1.962

1055

20

0.050

9.8

Sexual Development

2.164

1.928

585

31

0.548

5.0

Men and Masculinities

1.250

1.885

681

26

0.385

> 10.0

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

1.514

1.867

1764

53

0.302

> 10.0

Violence Against Women

1.020

1.858

2333

72

0.250

8.8

Sex Roles

1.582

1.801

5566

76

0.553

> 10.0

Hormone Research in Pediatrics

1.661

1.778

1147

109

0.284

3.8

Culture, Health, and Sexuality

1.588

1.754

1494

91

0.385

5.4

Gender, Place, and Culture

1.180

1.656

1026

76

0.211

> 10.0

Politics and Gender

1.024

1.652

367

27

0.111

7.0

BMC Women’s Health

1.353

1.636

817

119

0.168

4.3

Sexuality Research and Social Policy

1.452

1.575

437

33

0.273

5.4

Women & Health

1.337

1.562

1252

56

0.107

9.8

American Journal of Men’s Health

1.713

1.551

511

50

0.380

3.6

Feminist Criminology

1.032

1.519

220

16

 

6.4

Journal of Homosexuality

0.862

1.518

1898

89

0.143

9.9

Sexual Health

1.225

1.493

961

72

0.431

4.3

International Journal of Impotence Research

1.396

1.484

1932

45

0.133

> 10.0

Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

1.211

1.424

206

44

0.159

3.5

Evolutionary Psychology

1.050

1.383

609

51

0.118

5.6

Feminism and Psychology

1.290

1.308

665

46

0.457

8.5

Signs

1.347

1.302

1805

39

0.359

> 10.0

International Journal of STD and AIDS

1.300

1.211

2688

164

0.360

6.8

European Journal of Women’s Studies

1.160

1.209

418

30

0.167

8.6

Feminist Theory

1.268

1.194

419

16

0.250

7.9

Gender and Education

0.905

1.151

846

50

 

> 10.0

Feminist Legal Studies

0.731

1.143

201

12

2.167

6.1

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

1.109

1.109

521

33

0.219

8.0

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

0.536

1.090

581

51

0.167

6.8

Sexuality and Disability

0.771

1.069

488

38

0.053

8.9

International Journal of Sexual Health

0.729

1.033

200

37

0.081

4.9

Feminist Review

1.156

1.032

513

14

0.429

> 10.0

Sexualities

0.673

1.018

711

51

0.078

8.1

Journal of Sexual Aggression

0.723

0.992

267

25

0.080

6.5

GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies

0.333

0.956

397

23

0.048

> 10.0

Journal of Gender Studies

0.604

0.904

298

39

0.154

7.3

African Journal of AIDS Research

0.716

0.866

333

38

0.026

6.1

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

0.519

0.804

746

51

0.255

> 10.0

Journal of Men’s Health

0.652

0.753

194

  

4.7

Women’s Studies International Forum

0.591

0.751

882

83

0.084

> 10.0

differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

0.310

0.606

262

23

0.261

> 10.0

Feminist Studies

0.520

0.546

600

26

0.038

> 10.0

Gender and Language

0.267

0.521

64

16

0.188

 

Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

0.690

0.521

82

20

0.300

 

Australian Feminist Studies

0.500

0.507

150

12

 

6.2

Indian Journal of Gender Studies

0.231

0.301

88

21

  

Journal of the History of Sexuality

0.121

0.293

203

16

0.062

> 10.0

Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies

0.214

0.224

147

30

0.067

> 10.0

Women and Therapy

0.229

0.221

207

23

 

> 10.0

Asian Journal of Women’s Studies

0.214

0.216

41

29

0.040

 

Feministische Studien

0.077

0.063

25

14

  

Biology of Sex Differences

3.237

 

344

34

0.235

3.3

Andrology US

2.515

 

676

133

0.564

2.0

LGBT Health

2.261

 

112

48

0.167

1.5

Sexual Medicine

1.188

 

47

30

0.200

 

Sex Education

0.505

 

301

47

0.191

6.3

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

0.488

 

90

16

0.062

 

Total cites indicates the total number of times that each journal has been cited by all journals included in the ISI database in 2015. Immediacy index means cites in 2015 to articles published in 2015/number of articles published in 2015. Cited half-life is the median age of its articles cited in the current year. Half of the citations to the journal are to articles published within the cited half-life

Table 4

Impact Factor for the year 2016: Sex- and gender-related journals (N = 86) ranked by 2-year impact factor

Journal

2-year Impact Factor

5-year Impact Factor

2016 Total Cites

2016 articles

Immediacy Index

Cited Half-Life

Archives of Sexual Behavior

2.720

3.217

5849

171

0.515

6.9

Human Reproduction

5.020

5.008

29,721

305

1.102

9.6

AIDS

5.003

4.971

20,962

286

1.367

7.7

Psychoneuroendocrinology

4.788

5.381

14,409

325

0.843

6.5

Fertility and Sterility

4.373

4.595

33,098

437

1.050

7.7

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

3.935

3.879

14,067

315

1.137

6.5

Biology of Sex Differences

3.635

571

68

3.7

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

3.571

3.178

1169

20

0.400

8.2

Evolution and Human Behavior

3.383

3.863

3651

58

1.000

8.3

Hormones and Behavior

3.378

4.033

9447

149

0.799

> 10.0

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

3.236

3.459

3187

65

0.400

6.4

Sexually Transmitted Infections

3.212

3.045

4626

106

1.255

7.1

Asian Journal of Andrology

2.996

2.796

3118

135

1.674

4.7

Journal of Sexual Medicine

2.978

3.095

9411

181

0.729

5.6

Body Image

2.926

3.175

2602

92

0.489

6.2

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

2.926

2.909

1271

35

0.200

9.4

AIDS and Behavior

2.916

3.264

7248

309

0.566

4.8

Journal of Sex Research

2.902

3.450

3474

92

0.435

> 10.0

Gender and Society

2.765

3.540

3689

39

0.282

> 10.0

Menopause

2.733

2.860

4783

166

0.783

5.8

Psychology of Women Quarterly

2.432

3.049

2943

39

1.026

> 10.0

Andrology

2.427

2.487

1000

110

0.682

2.5

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

2.358

2.699

5526

139

0.345

8.0

Journal of Women’s Health

2.322

2.546

4186

147

0.259

6.3

American Journal of Men’s Health

2.141

1.813

669

71

0.366

4.0

Politics and Gender

2.109

2.773

634

37

0.108

> 10.0

LGBT Health

2.053

2.191

238

53

0.604

2.2

Sexual Development

1.972

2.069

737

33

0.515

5.9

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

1.957

2.387

1127

37

0.324

7.2

Sex Roles

1.954

2.616

6837

87

0.770

> 10.0

Body & Society

1.951

2.104

899

21

0.095

9.5

Culture, Health, and Sexuality

1.951

2.059

1881

100

0.210

5.7

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

1.935

2.205

1973

48

0.208

> 10.0

Hormone Research in Pediatrics

1.844

1.819

1352

104

0.356

3.9

AIDS Care

1.824

2.073

5504

305

0.410

6.9

Women’s Health Issues

1.801

2.308

1682

80

0.512

5.7

International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

1.686

2.437

329

8

 

4.8

Sexual Medicine

1.683

1.681

122

30

0.033

2.3

AIDS Education and Prevention

1.671

1.927

1744

42

0.167

9.9

Gender, Place, and Culture

1.605

1.856

1306

119

0.261

> 10.0

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

1.575

2.134

1165

20

0.200

9.7

BMC Women’s Health

1.572

1.791

1076

72

0.153

4.0

Gender, Work, and Organization

1.548

2.067

1302

38

0.211

8.2

Sexuality Research and Social Policy

1.547

1.694

597

34

0.588

6.2

Feminist Review

1.519

1.135

595

16

0.062

> 10.0

differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

1.467

1.257

385

20

0.200

9.4

Women & Health

1.437

1.746

1342

58

0.086

9.9

Violence Against Women

1.423

2.155

3150

88

0.284

9.5

Journal of Homosexuality

1.369

1.827

2221

89

0.135

> 10.0

International Journal of STD and AIDS

1.350

1.258

2773

188

0.340

6.9

Men and Masculinities

1.308

1.823

747

25

0.080

8.4

International Journal of Impotence Research

1.293

1.450

2123

44

0.295

9.4

Evolutionary Psychology

1.243

1.552

687

40

0.150

5.1

Sexual Health

1.238

1.298

903

88

0.261

4.8

Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

1.208

1.680

312

50

0.160

3.9

European Journal of Women’s Studies

1.132

1.452

544

22

0.091

> 10.0

Feminist Legal Studies

1.130

1.306

247

14

2.143

6.9

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

1.188

1.101

521

33

0.30

8.7

Feminist Theory

1.114

1.956

545

18

0.333

> 10.0

Journal of Sexual Aggression

1.082

1.168

362

29

0.103

6.9

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

1.038

1.168

1053

53

0.057

> 10.0

Feminist Criminology

0.970

1.159

315

15

0.267

> 10.0

Sexualities

0.922

1.251

862

48

0.083

8.4

Sexuality and Disability

0.908

1.121

562

32

0.188

8.5

Signs

0.906

1.532

2283

38

0.342

> 10.0

African Journal of AIDS Research

0.861

1.112

424

41

0.220

5.2

GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies

0.861

0.730

452

23

0.261

7.5

International Journal of Sexual Health

0.852

1.053

248

33

0.121

8.8

Australian Feminist Studies

0.810

0.733

252

26

0.077

5.9

Feminism and Psychology

0.757

1.312

781

28

0.857

> 10.0

Sex Education

0.753

467

47

0.149

5.2

Women’s Studies International Forum

0.686

0.885

1099

59

0.102

7.5

Journal of Gender Studies

0.676

1.080

335

46

0.065

8.8

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

0.649

1.080

719

51

0.098

5.9

Gender and Education

0.639

0.931

897

56

0.107

> 10.0

Journal of Men’s Health

0.516

0.762

206

6

> 10.0

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

0.462

0.739

104

N/A

N/A

7.4

Gender & Language

0.406

0.641

64

19

0.053

9.6

Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

0.382

0.408

63

13

0.231

Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies

0.379

0.475

170

22

9.00

Feminist Studies

0.353

0.531

719

25

0.080

> 10.0

Women and Therapy

0.348

0.508

326

36

0.056

> 10.0

Asian Journal of Women’s Studies

0.321

0.270

63

29

0.034

Journal of the History of Sexuality

0.250

0.455

241

16

0.062

> 10.0

Indian Journal of Gender Studies

0.150

0.330

122

21

0.143

8.3

Feministische Studien

0.107

0.102

54

14

Total cites indicates the total number of times that each journal has been cited by all journals included in the ISI database in 2016. Immediacy index means cites in 2016 to articles published in 2016/number of articles published in 2016. Cited half-life is the median age of its articles cited in the current year. Half of the citations to the journal are to articles published within the cited half-life

Of 3236 Social Science journals, World Psychiatry had the highest 2-year impact factor (26.56). Of 8856 Life Sciences journals, Cancer Journal for Clinicians had the highest 2-year impact factor (187.04)

Table 5

Impact factor for the year 2016: Sex- and gender-related journals (N = 86) ranked by 5-year impact factor

Journal

2-year Impact Factor

5-year Impact Factor

2016 Total Cites

2016 articles

Immediacy Index

Cited Half-Life

Archives of Sexual Behavior

2.720

3.217

5849

171

0.515

6.9

Psychoneuroendocrinology

4.788

5.381

14,409

325

0.843

6.5

Human Reproduction

5.020

5.008

29,721

305

1.102

9.6

AIDS

5.003

4.971

20,962

286

1.367

7.7

Fertility and Sterility

4.373

4.595

33,098

437

1.050

7.7

Hormones and Behavior

3.378

4.033

9447

149

0.799

> 10.0

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

3.935

3.879

14,067

315

1.137

6.5

Evolution and Human Behavior

3.383

3.863

3651

58

1.000

8.3

Gender and Society

2.765

3.540

3689

39

0.282

> 10.0

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

3.236

3.459

3187

65

0.400

6.4

Journal of Sex Research

2.902

3.450

3474

92

0.435

> 10.0

AIDS and Behavior

2.916

3.264

7248

309

0.566

4.8

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

3.571

3.178

1169

20

0.400

8.2

Body Image

2.926

3.175

2602

92

0.489

6.2

Journal of Sexual Medicine

2.978

3.095

9411

181

0.729

5.6

Psychology of Women Quarterly

2.432

3.049

2943

39

1.026

> 10.0

Sexually Transmitted Infections

3.212

3.045

4626

106

1.255

7.1

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

2.926

2.909

1271

35

0.200

9.4

Menopause

2.733

2.860

4783

166

0.783

5.8

Asian Journal of Andrology

2.996

2.796

3118

135

1.674

4.7

Politics and Gender

2.109

2.773

634

37

0.108

> 10.0

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

2.358

2.699

5526

139

0.345

8.0

Sex Roles

1.954

2.616

6837

87

0.770

> 10.0

Journal of Women’s Health

2.322

2.546

4186

147

0.259

6.3

Andrology

2.427

2.487

1000

110

0.682

2.5

International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

1.686

2.437

329

8

 

4.8

Psychology of Men & Masculinity

1.957

2.387

1127

37

0.324

7.2

Women’s Health Issues

1.801

2.308

1682

80

0.512

5.7

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

1.935

2.205

1973

48

0.208

> 10.0

LGBT Health

2.053

2.191

238

53

0.604

2.2

Violence Against Women

1.423

2.155

3150

88

0.284

9.5

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

1.575

2.134

1165

20

0.200

9.7

Body & Society

1.951

2.104

899

21

0.095

9.5

AIDS Care

1.824

2.073

5504

305

0.410

6.9

Sexual Development

1.972

2.069

737

33

0.515

5.9

Gender, Work, and Organization

1.548

2.067

1302

38

0.211

8.2

Culture, Health, and Sexuality

1.951

2.059

899

21

0.095

9.5

Feminist Theory

1.114

1.956

545

18

0.333

> 10.0

AIDS Education and Prevention

1.671

1.927

1744

42

0.167

9.9

Gender, Place, and Culture

1.605

1.856

1306

119

0.261

> 10.0

Journal of Homosexuality

1.369

1.827

2221

89

0.135

> 10.0

Men and Masculinities

1.308

1.823

747

25

0.080

8.4

Hormone Research in Pediatrics

1.844

1.819

1352

104

0.356

3.9

American Journal of Men’s Health

2.141

1.813

669

71

0.366

4.0

BMC Women’s Health

1.572

1.791

1076

72

0.153

4.0

Women & Health

1.437

1.746

1342

58

0.086

9.9

Sexuality Research and Social Policy

1.547

1.694

597

34

0.588

6.2

Sexual Medicine

1.683

1.681

122

30

0.033

2.3

Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

1.208

1.680

312

50

0.160

3.9

Evolutionary Psychology

1.243

1.552

687

40

0.150

5.1

Signs

0.906

1.532

2283

38

0.342

> 10.0

International Journal of Impotence Research

1.293

1.450

2123

44

0.295

9.4

European Journal of Women’s Studies

1.132

1.452

544

22

0.091

> 10.0

Feminism and Psychology

0.757

1.312

781

28

0.857

> 10.0

Feminist Legal Studies

1.130

1.306

247

14

2.143

6.9

Sexual Health

1.238

1.298

903

88

0.261

4.8

International Journal of STD and AIDS

1.350

1.258

2773

188

0.340

6.9

differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

1.467

1.257

385

20

0.200

9.4

Sexualities

0.922

1.251

862

48

0.083

8.4

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

1.038

1.168

1053

53

0.057

> 10.0

Journal of Sexual Aggression

1.082

1.168

362

29

0.103

6.9

Feminist Criminology

0.970

1.159

315

15

0.267

> 10.0

Feminist Review

1.519

1.135

595

16

0.062

> 10.0

Sexuality and Disability

0.908

1.121

562

32

0.188

8.5

African Journal of AIDS Research

0.861

1.112

424

41

0.220

5.2

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

1.188

1.101

521

33

0.30

8.7

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

0.649

1.080

719

51

0.098

5.9

Journal of Gender Studies

0.676

1.080

335

46

0.065

8.8

International Journal of Sexual Health

0.852

1.053

248

33

0.121

8.8

Gender and Education

0.639

0.931

897

56

0.107

> 10.0

Women’s Studies International Forum

0.686

0.885

1099

59

0.102

7.5

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

0.519

0.804

746

51

0.255

> 10.0

Journal of Men’s Health

0.516

0.762

206

6

> 10.0

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

0.462

0.739

104

N/A

N/A

7.4

Australian Feminist Studies

0.810

0.733

252

26

0.077

5.9

GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies

0.861

0.730

452

23

0.261

7.5

Gender & Language

0.406

0.641

64

19

0.053

9.6

Feminist Studies

0.353

0.531

719

25

0.080

> 10.0

Women and Therapy

0.348

0.508

326

36

0.056

> 10.0

Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies

0.379

0.475

170

22

9.00

Journal of the History of Sexuality

0.250

0.455

241

16

0.062

> 10.0

Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

0.382

0.408

63

13

0.231

Indian Journal of Gender Studies

0.150

0.330

122

21

0.143

8.3

Asian Journal of Women’s Studies

0.321

0.270

63

29

0.034

Feministische Studien

0.107

0.102

54

14

Biology of Sex Differences

3.635

    

Sex Education

0.753

    

Total cites indicates the total number of times that each journal has been cited by all journals included in the ISI database in 2016. Immediacy index means cites in 2016 to articles published in 2016/number of articles published in 2016. Cited half-life is the median age of its articles cited in the current year. Half of the citations to the journal are to articles published within the cited half-life. Of 3236 Social Science journals, World Psychiatry had the highest 2-year impact factor (26.56). Of 8856 Life Sciences journals, Cancer Journal for Clinicians had the highest 2-year impact factor (187.04)

For the uninitiated to this treasure trove of numbers, a journal’s IF for a given year is a measure of the frequency with which its recent articles are cited on average during that year. “Recent” refers to the two prior calendar years or the five prior calendar years. Thus, Archives’ 2015 2-year IF is the number of times that its 2013 and 2014 articles were cited in 2015, divided by the number of articles the Archives published in 2013 and 2014, and the 5-year IF is the number of times that its 2010–2014 articles were cited in 2015, divided by the number of articles the Archives published between 2010 and 2014. The 5-year IF was introduced several years ago, and one can find data on it going back to 2007. Although the IF is the best known metric for citation analysis, there are other measures, including the immediacy index (II) and the cited half-Life (CHL). The II is a measure of how frequently the journal’s “average article” is cited the same year in which it is published. Thus, the II for a year is calculated as the number of times articles from that journal are cited during that year, divided by the number of articles that journal published that year. The CHL is a measure of the longevity of the frequency of citations to articles in the journal, that is, for how long the average article maintains its currency. The CHL for a year is determined by the time required to account for a cumulative total of 50% of that year’s citations to the journal.

In these two calendar years, over 3000 journals in the Social Sciences received IF ratings. In 2015–2016, across all of these journals, the median IF ranged from 1.00 to 1.27 (across the 2-year and 5-year rankings). During these 2 years, we published 351 articles (“Citable Items”) and Archives ranked between the 87th and 90th percentiles, which is not bad. Two years ago (Zucker, 2016), I indicated a greater fondness for the 5-year IF than the 2-year. I still feel that way. I hope that will be the case this year!

How “stable” is the IF among the sex/gender periodicals? As a cursory look at this, I examined the IF comparing the years 2012 and 2016. For 80 periodicals for which there were data from both years, a paired samples t test showed that the mean IF was significantly higher in 2016 (M, 1.75; SD = 1.15) than in 2012 (M, 1.47; SD = 1.31), t(79) = 4.44, p < .001, Cohen’s d = .54. The two scores were, however, highly correlated at r = .92, p < .001. Rank ordering the periodicals yielded an r = .90, p < .001. These numbers suggest a fair bit of stability. Out of curiosity, I looked at a few of the periodicals that had the most “movement” between 2012 and 2016 (based on the 80 periodicals for which there were data from both years). On the positive side, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health ranked 35th in 2012 and 6th in 2016; differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies ranked 71st in 2012 and 42nd in 2016; and Feminist Review ranked 63rd in 2012 and 41st in 2016. On the negative side, Evolutionary Psychology ranked 23rd in 2012 and 49th in 2016; Journal of Men’s Health ranked 47th in 2012 and 71st in 2016; and Sexual Health ranked 27th in 2012 and 50th in 2016.

I must confess that I had never heard of the IF until I heard my old pal, A. Koos Slob, from Erasmus University in Rotterdam shout out in a dimly lit bar at some meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research (a long time ago, maybe 1995 in Provincetown) “What’s the impact factor?” I almost choked on my White Russian. Although there are many criticisms of the IF, we know that it is taken seriously (e.g., for promotions at universities or medical centers). Of course, every Editor worth her, his or they’s salt thinks about how their IF can be improved. It is well known (from many bar room convos) that one unnamed sex/gender periodical for a time “padded” its IF by asking authors to cite publications from the journal, even if the publications were completely irrelevant to the content of the paper. But one has to be careful with too many “self cites” because this is monitored by Journal Citation Reports and, if there are too many, a journal can get into trouble. So, are there ways to legitimately improve a journal’s IF? I am sure that there are. It has been argued that review articles and special topics can be contributory. I know, for example, that when this Journal published the literature reviews from the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Workgroup for the DSM-5 in 2010 it had a clear impact (Zucker, 2010). As noted earlier, it is my hope that the introduction of the Target Article series will be one bona fide way in which the IF might be improved.

Who’s on First?

Willis and Jozkowski (2018; see also O’Neil, Willis, & Jozkowski, 2017) studied “linguistic sexism” in 10 social science journals, including four sex research periodicals, for articles published in 2016. They coded for reference to common gendered pairs (e.g., women and men; male and female) and reported the percentage of cases in which men were presented first. Across the three journal types (sex research, health, psychology), men were on first more often than women. Of the four sex research journals, Sex Roles was the most equitable (57.7% “male firstness”), followed by Journal of Sex Research (74.7%), Archives of Sexual Behavior (81.6%), and Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (88.8%). This is, potentially, a nice example of unconscious/implicit bias. However, interpretation of the data is limited by the fact that Willis and Jozkowski did not consider potential confounding factors, such as the gender/sex of the first (or senior) author and country of the researchers. It is also unclear if who is on first has any bearing on the quality of the publications and their contribution to advances in sexual science.

The Hypatia Fiasco

The practice of science is far from perfect. We are acutely aware of unethical conduct (think The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment [Jones, 1981]) or questionable conduct. Consider, for example, the 2018 resignation of Brenda Fitzgerald as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after just 6 months on the job, apparently because of “…criticism of her investments with her husband in tobacco and health care companies…” (Kaplan, 2018). This gives a variant meaning to the 1978 comedy film “Up in Smoke” (think Cheech & Chong). In modern times, Retraction Watch (https://retractionwatch.com/) provides one with a daily dose of scientist/scientific misconduct, abuse of power, retractions, etc. It costs nothing to get its daily alerts.

In 2017, there was, what I would like to call, the Hypatia fiasco, which was not a typical example of what might make its way into Retraction Watch. I will wager a bet that this feminist philosophy journal is probably not on the “content alert list” of journals of most members of the International Academy of Sex Research or readers of this Journal (see Tables 2, 3, 4, and 5). Last year, after going through peer review, Tuvel (2017) published an essay in Hypatia entitled “In Defense of Transracialism” (think Rachel Dolezal) and philosophized about the similarities and differences between “transracialism” and “transgenderism” (think Caitlyn Jenner). This did not go over well and social media went wild (see, for example, Brubaker, 2017; Dreher, 2017; Duggan, 2017; McKenzie, Harris, & Zamudio-Suaréz, 2017; Schuessler, 2017; Singal, 2017; Walters, 2017; Winnubst, 2017; see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia_transracialism_controversy) as some philosophers jumped off the ivory tower down to the streets of virtual reality. It would be a bit too dramatic to label the reaction to the article’s publication a form of intellectual terrorism–intellectual venom feels more accurate, with, among other things, calls to retract the article (the Editor of Hypatia refused to do so—see McKenzie et al. [2017]). Perhaps the attempt at intellectual censorship will boost Hypatia’s impact factor—it could use the help. If you have time on your hands, reading about what went down, and thinking about the implications for “academic freedom,” is worth the effort (for a thoughtful earlier volume on the issue, see Brubaker [2016]).

Sex/Gender/Sexual Science in Everyday Life, with Apologies to Freud

Do “mainstream” and social media cloud our perception of the salience of sex/gender/sexual science in everyday life? Maybe. In any case, not an hour goes by when there is “something” about sex/gender/sexual science on television, in print media, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc., etc.). If I grab from my tray of news clippings, the last 10 are:
  1. 1.

    “Investigating sexual misconduct accusations, Arizona State suspends a physicist” (Chang, 2018)

     
  2. 2.

    “Yale student is found not guilty in a rare college rape trial” (Wang & Weinstock, 2018).

     
  3. 3.

    “Belgian is convicted of sexism in public” (Schreuer, 2018).

     
  4. 4.

    “Resignation at Harvard over claims of abuse” (Saul, 2018).

     
  5. 5.

    “No safe space on campus to debate bathroom politics” (Kay, 2018).

     
  6. 6.

    “Danish police charge 1000 in child porn case” (Sorensen, 2018).

     
  7. 7.

    “60% of youths say they’ve ‘sexted’” (Bresge, 2018).

     
  8. 8.

    “Drug regimen is said to enable transgender breast-feeding” (Yeginsu, 2018).

     
  9. 9.

    “Defending a legitimate therapy: Pelvic massage, when prescribed correctly, can provide pain relief” (Rabin, 2018).

     
  10. 10.

    “Killings in Toronto’s gay community anger activists” (Levin, 2018).

     

In case you are wondering, I don’t save newspaper articles on the sex life of Donald Trump.

While Foucault is rolling over in his grave, I think about the interface between what appears in the everyday discourse about sex/gender life and the work we, as sex/gender clinicians and scientists, do: writing papers, writing grants, giving talks, speaking to the media, writing trade books, fretting about writing papers, fretting about writing grants, teaching sex/gender/sexual science, fretting about teaching sex/gender/sexual science, and seeing clients in the consulting room. It is my hope that sexual science will continue to have impactful benefits for the public that we serve and that Archives will remain part of that mission.

Footnotes

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    There are other sex/gender journals that do not have Impact Factor data (e.g., International Journal of Transgenderism, Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, Journal of Language & Sexuality, Partner Abuse, Porn Studies, Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity, Psychology & Sexuality, Sexualization, Media, & Society, Transgender Health, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and Violence and Gender) (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sexology_journals).

Notes

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank my colleagues at the Springer Nature office in India (Saranya Karunakaran, Kannivel Hemaletha, and Subhashini Gopal) and David Seidenfeld at the New York office in lower Manhattan for their tireless efforts in keeping things running smoothly, and to Dr. Cindy Graham, Editor of Journal of Sex Research, for the late-night sharing of trade secrets.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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